Reynoldsburg police said Monday, April 24, that it is still too early to determine a motive in the city’s first homicide of 2017.

Officers responded to a report of gunshots being fired at 1:33 a.m. Saturday, April 22, and found 59-year-old James W. Stennies Jr., Skerry Doon Drive, Columbus, in the parking lot of Miracle Car Wash, 1600 Lancaster Ave.

Stennies sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the chest area and was pronounced dead at the scene, Reynoldsburg Lt. Ron Wright said.

It appeared Stennies was at the location to wash his vehicle, Wright said.

“It’s too early for us to determine a cause (for the shooting) as we continue to investigate,” he said.

It is the city’s first slaying in 2017; there were six homicides in Reynoldsburg in 2016.

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